Works a treat: Melt-proof chocolate is a hot idea

12:45PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Eating chocolate during a hot Aussie summer can leave you in a sticky situation. Thankfully, scientists at Cadbury have devised a heat-tolerant chocolate that should be a sweet solution.

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Businesses tip higher profits, but conditions still patchy: Study

12:00AM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses will end the year on a reasonably positive note, according to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest National Business Expectations Survey, but the outlook for 2013 is mixed, with rising profit levels but a “patchy” employment market.

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Start-ups put on festive notice following gift card warning

12:51PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups planning to offer gift cards this Christmas have been urged to include all the necessary information, after the NSW fair trading minister issued a warning to consumers over misrepresentation.

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Tech start-ups urged to go Dutch with Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

12:41PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Another European funding avenue for tech start-ups has opened up, with Startupbootcamp Amsterdam offering teams €15,000 in seed funding and the opportunity to pitch for more.

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Car airbags go outdoors

12:52PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Airbags have long been recognised as an important auto safety feature. Now a new vehicle takes the concept further by featuring shock-absorbing cushions on the outside as well.

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Get your business ready for a hot summer

11:51PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Taskmaster

The start of summer is upon us. At this time of year, carrying out this simple task could save your business – and your life.

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How I built the Amazon empire: Four top tips from Jeff Bezos

11:35PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups should respond to skepticism systematically and be prepared for a fight from the very beginning, says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has shared his thoughts on entrepreneurship.

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Online genealogy boom continues as MyHeritage raises $25 million

11:26PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Israeli company MyHeritage has acquired long-term rival after raising $25 million in new funding, as the genealogy industry continues to grow both overseas and in Australia.

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Australia’s worst boss?

11:17PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sweaty, sexist and full of jargon. A portrayal of Australia’s worst boss has been cleverly used by Sydney start-up InsideTrak to highlight its own job listing and employer review service.

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New smartphone case is a cracker

11:11AM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you feeling hungry for some tasty new smartphone features? Thanks to the Survival Senbei iPhone 5 Case, your smartphone cover can now also serve as a salty rice snack.

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Anthony Podesta named 2012 Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year

11:00AM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

McMillan Shakespeare founder Anthony Podesta has been named the 2012 Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, with the founders of Jetts Fitness, Ozsale and OzHarvest also recognised at the awards.

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Full of beans: Coffee overtakes tea in popularity as Aussies ditch chain cafes

11:18PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Coffee has overtaken tea as the hot drink of choice for Australian consumers, according to a new report, with an industry analyst suggesting independent cafés are now more popular than coffee chains.

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Australia’s wealthiest suburbs revealed: The suburb with an average salary of $132,252

11:21PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Cara Waters

Residents of one ritzy Melbourne suburb are Australia’s highest wage earners, taking home an average income of $132,252.

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In pictures: Australia’s five key online spending trends

11:42PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

The internet is revolutionising shopping forever. With the eCommerce sales peak expected between December 7th and 10th this year, here are charts illustrating five key trends you need to be aware of. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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TrekDesk puts you way ahead of the competition

11:28PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In today’s hectic world, it can be difficult to find enough time to exercise. Thankfully, a new invention solves the problem by putting a treadmill under your desk.

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Confidence creeps back among Aussie SMEs: Report

11:00AM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Confidence appears to be slowly seeping back into Australia’s small business sector, with a sunnier outlook on sales and profitability starting to take hold, according to new figures.

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Melbourne-based incubator SeedLab hunts start-ups ahead of launch

11:07PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

A so-called ‘open source’ Melbourne-based incubator is set to launch in February, aiming its sights at early-stage technology start-ups that are looking to work on undeveloped ideas.

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Gerry Harvey says many retailers to collapse post-Christmas

11:04PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Gerry Harvey has predicted gloomy times ahead for the retail industry, saying that while the upcoming Christmas will be a bright spot for many companies, the aftermath will be worse.

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YO! Home represents a new frontier in city living

11:34PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Space is always at a premium in inner-city apartments. So a new design that can turn a bedroom into a lounge room at the touch of a button is set to really shake up the property market.

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